Barbara Petrongolo is a Professor of Economics at Queen Mary University of London. She is also director of the Labour Economics programme of CEPR and a research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE).
Barbara’s main area of interest is applied labour economics. The focus of some of her recent contributions is the impact of job search frictions on labor market performance, with applications to unemployment dynamics, welfare policy and interdependencies across local labour markets. She has also carried out research on the causes and characteristics of gender inequalities in wages and employment rates, both in a historical perspective and across countries, with emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.